Communication skills in the development of divulgation practices of Science
Instance: 2019/2020 - 1S
Cycles of Study/Courses
Teaching Staff - Responsibilities
Teaching - Hours
In accordance with the objectives of the Doctoral Program in Teaching and Dissemination of Sciences, the curricular unit of Communication Techniques in the Development of Practices of Dissemination of Science aims to promote in students the development of communication skills of Sciences, using techniques and practices appropriate to the different contexts and publics to which the initiatives of dissemination of the Sciences are destined.
Learning outcomes and competences
1. Identify techniques and practices of scientific communication.
2. Select the techniques and practices of scientific communication that best suit the different contexts and public.
2. Analyze the national and international reality in what concerns scientific communication in a particular subject (defined according to the student’s interests).
3. To enhance science communication skills in each subject area.
4. To evaluate and propose improvements on specific science divulgation activities in progress.
5. Increase of proactivity and entrepreneurship in scientific communication initiatives.
6. To work on a project proposal in order to start a certain scientific communication activity/initiative.
1. Introduction to the study of communication: history, theories and models
2. Practices and techniques in science communication: skills and challenges (public speaking, storytelling, application of ICT to science communication, entrepreneurship and funding of communication projects)
3. Planning and evaluation of science communication activities
4. Current scientific communication projects and initiatives
Bucchi, M., & Trench, B. ; Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology, London & New York: Routledge., 2008
Teaching methods and learning activities
The fundamentals of UC will be worked in a large group, always based on previous readings of scientific articles, books or recommended reports. Once analyzed by the students, these resources will be the object of reflection and joint discussion, aiming at the synthesis of key ideas.
Afterwards, students will be divided into group according to their subject area of interest and will work the objectives, competences and contents above in the area of mathematics, OR physics, OR chemistry OR astronomy, OR biology, OR geology. They will work on an individual or group project with teacher tutoring in the correspondent area.
Distributed evaluation without final exam
Amount of time allocated to each course unit
|Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico
|Frequência das aulas
Eligibility for exams
Calculation formula of final grade
I - Development of a reflexive synthesis based on the fundamental contents addressed.
II - Development and presentation of a project proposal (individual or group) on scientific communication in the disciplinary area.
A - 70% for tasks (I-30% + II-40%)
B - 25% for final presentation and discussion of the task II.
C- 5% presential participation
The final score for each student will be: 0,70 x A + 0,25 x B + 0,05 x C